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Birth Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Date of Birth: August 23, 1978
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Death: January 26, 2020
Place of Death: Calabasas, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: African-American, as well as one sixteenth Guinean
Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player and businessperson.
He was the son of Pamela (Cox) and Joe Bryant (Joseph Washington Bryant), a professional basketball player and coach. His parents are both African-American. His parents picked the name Kobe after they saw a type of beef, called Kobe beef, on a restaurant menu. Kobe is a port city in the Kansai area of Japan, famous for its tender fatty marbled beef. However, he had no Japanese heritage. His middle name, Bean, was from his father’s nickname, “Jellybean.”
Kobe, who was fluent in Spanish and Italian, lived in Italy as a young child, in Reggio Calabria, Pistoia, and Reggio Emilia, as his father played professional basketball in Italy.
Kobe was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant, until his death, with whom he had four children. Vanessa is of Mexican descent.
His uncle, Chubby Cox (John Arthur Cox III), and cousin, John Cox (John Arthur Cox IV), are both professional basketball players.
Kobe’s paternal grandfather is named Joseph Washington Bryant (the son of Joseph Bryant). Kobe’s grandfather Joseph was born in Georgia.
Kobe’s paternal grandmother is named Georgia Marie.
Kobe’s maternal grandfather is named John Arthur Cox II (the son of John Arthur Cox and Dorothy Roxanna Ridley). Kobe’s grandfather John was born in Pennsylvania. Kobe’s great-grandfather John was the son of Richard Grosvenor Cox, who was born in then-British Guinea, and of Rosa Catherine Colbert/Corbet. Dorothy was the daughter of Robert Ridley and Texanna Freeman.
Kobe’s maternal grandmother is named Mildred Williams.
Sources: Genealogy of Kobe Bryant – https://www.geni.com
Kobe’s maternal grandfather, John Arthur Cox II, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Kobe’s maternal grandfather, John Arthur Cox II – http://www.legacy.com